Letter from our Chiefs
On behalf of the University of North Carolina Department of Emergency Medicine, we welcome you to the field of Emergency Medicine. We are honored and excited that your search for the perfect residency program brought you here! We are proud of our program and excited about what this year will bring.
The UNC EM residency was founded in 1996 by Dr. Judith Tintinalli (yes, the one who wrote the book). We offer the ideal blend of academic training at UNC Hospitals in Chapel Hill as well as a state-of-the-art private community setting at WakeMed Health and Hospitals in Raleigh. Both facilities are Level One Trauma Centers and attract exceptional educators across all fields. This combination of academic and community exposure – as well as regular experiences at smaller affiliated hospitals – provides a unique experience that prepares our residents for practice in any setting. An integrated longitudinal pediatric experience at the WakeMed Children’s ED exposes our residents to high acuity across all seasons led by a veteran faculty with a commitment to teaching.
Our curriculum is as diverse as the settings we work in. We routinely integrate simulation at the WakeMed Medical Simulation Center. We do several special conference events each year including wilderness medicine days (on scene in the beautiful NC woods), joint conference days with Duke, and mass casualty simulation with our local military base EM affiliates. We have multiple fellowship-trained ultrasound faculty, and offer early ultrasound exposure during intern year with the opportunity for ultrasound credentialing upon graduation. There are endless opportunities for innovation, research and practice development with a faculty that provides close support.
Apart from work, we love to get outside in a state that has everything you could imagine from the beautiful and historic Outer Banks to majestic stretches of the Appalachian Trail in the Blue Ridge Mountains. Family is important to us and we regularly have resident families at our events, academic and otherwise. This culminates in our yearly beach retreat where we review the residency, make resident-driven changes, and enjoy each other’s company.
We are excited for you as you begin the next step of your career. We look forward to meeting you in person and hope you fall in love with this place as quickly as we did on our interview days (even if it is virtual). Take advantage of the information on our website, reach out to any of the current residents, and get to know our family. We hope we will be the right fit for you!
Please do not hesitate to contact us at any time if we can be of assistance during the residency interview process. Welcome to UNC!"
-Alex, Blake, Eric, Joaquin | 2023-2024 UNC EM Chief Residents